Mindful Self-Compassion


“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” Chris Germer


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an evidence-based resource-building programme, designed to support you to develop a kinder relationship to yourself, to others and the world, when you are experiencing struggle. If you can learn to be mindful in these times of difficulty and respond to yourself with compassion, change can happen. MSC gives you the understanding and practical tools you need to bring more mindfulness and self-compassion into your life, whether that be at home, work or college.

More about MSC: www.mindfulselfcompassionuk.com

Mindful Self-Compassion courses and sessions I offer in person or online, either in the evening or daytime:

  • 8-week course, 2.5–3 hours each week.

  • 6-week course, 1.5 hours each week, designed for health care professionals.

  • 6/8-week 'Making Friends with Yourself' course, 1–2 hours each week, for teens.

  • Bespoke 2/4-week courses personalised to your organisation and needs. 

  • Taster sessions (1 hour).

  • One-to-one sessions to help you integrate the topics and practices, which can be combined with counselling or the other therapies I offer.

"I am so glad I joined this course. It has provided me with so much more insight and I also find that I am using some techniques with my patients. Most satisfying of all is that I have a new understanding of my inner critic and look at myself from a different perspective."  Physiotherapist, short online course. 

Vast amounts of research shows that people who are more compassionate towards themselves experience:

  • greater wellbeing and happiness

  • better motivation and satisfaction in life

  • better relationships and physical health

  • less anxiety and depression

  • more resilience in being able to cope with stressful events such as divorce, trauma, failures in life and health crisis


Some examples of topics explored in the courses or one-to-one sessions: self-compassionate motivation, letting go of resistance, the physiology of self-criticism and self-compassion, mindfulness, self-compassion and our bodies, developing loving-kindness, identifying our core values, encountering difficult emotions, self-compassion and shame, understanding hidden needs, self-compassion in relationships, caregivers' fatigue, self-appreciation and taking in the good.

Upcoming Events

Finding Your Compassionate Self

Short course in Mindful Self-Compassion for those working in creative and helping professions


 6 Mondays: 17, 24, 31 January; 7, 21, 28 February 2022 (break on 14 February)


On Zoom

Free Taster and Orientation Session: 13 December 2021 – 7:30-8:30pm

£180/£153 early bird before 3 January 2022


Being an artist or therapist can be both deeply rewarding and challenging. This 6-week online course will teach you helpful resources to reduce the stress and anxiety of working in creative and helping professions. The course will give you practical tools to experience greater satisfaction and fulfilment in your personal and professional life, whether you are surfing the waves of successful or difficult times. It will assist you to build more resilience and cultivate true self-care.

The course draws directly from the evidence-based 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course. Research has shown that mindfulness and self-compassion techniques can help improve our emotional well-being, and ability to cope with life’s challenges.

In this nourishing course you will be engaging in experiential exercises, short guided meditations and group discussions. Some home practice and reading will be encouraged. Commitment to all six sessions is very much recommended.

You will learn to:

  • Treat yourself with more kindness and self-compassion

  • Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism

  • Deal with difficult emotions in a supportive and calming manner

  • Extend compassion to others as well as yourself

  • Clarify your own core values and learn how to use them to guide decision-making

  • Be on your own side to avoid burnout

Book early to avoid disappointment. It will be a small group of up to 8 participants to create a safe and supportive environment for each individual.

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For more information: www.robertblackcounselling.co.uk/mindfulness



Past courses that I have delivered:

8-week online course for the mental health charity, Mind.

6-week online course for care leavers at East Anglia-based charity, Break.

3-week online course for youg carers at East-Anglia-based charity, Caring Together.

6-week online course for creators at Essex-based company, The Writers' Company